Caitriona Carter

Senior researcher at the Environment Territory & Infrastructure (ETBX) unit, INRAE Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Political sociology, comparative policy analysis

Caitriona Carter is a political scientist in the unit Environment, Territory, and Infrastructure (ETBX) of the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE Nouvelle-Aquitaine). She works on the changing government of industry (fisheries, aquaculture), the governance of marine biodiversity, and the transition of ports in the face of climate change. She studies how public and collective private actors make changes in the name of sustainability, how they acquire power, and which political, institutional, and material resources they mobilise. 

Working at the interface of political sociology, political economy, and comparative policy analysis, Caitriona Carter developed a new analytical framework of interdependency to capture the key political processes at work in ecological transitions. This generated important results regarding the political and ideological choices made when implementing new ecosystem management strategies in aquaculture, fisheries, and around the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in France.

Caitriona Carter has many years of experience in interdisciplinary research. Her individual and collective research contributed to public policy support and societal impact. Between 2017 and 2019, she coordinated the scientific assessment of the state of the governance of biodiversity  in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, within a local equivalent of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services named Ecobiose (see report in French:

Involved in Apolimer projects

Selection of publications

Carter, C. 2018. The Politics of Aquaculture: Sustainability interdependence, territory and regulation in fish farming. Abingdon: Routledge. Shortlisted for Aquaculture Awards prize 2019 for inspirational achievement (People’s Choice).

Bouleau, G., Carter, C.,  Thomas, A. 2018. Des connaissances aux décisions : la mise en œuvre des directives européennes sur l’eau douce et marine. Participations, 21(2), 37-64.

Carter, C. 2014. The transformation of Scottish fisheries: Sustainable interdependence from « net to plate », Marine Policy, 44, 131-138.

Carter, C. 2013. Constructing sustainability in EU fisheries: Re-drawing the boundary between science and politics? Environmental Science and Policy, 30, 26-35.